Sources: Former Washington State wide receiver Kyrin Priester might be returning in 2017, though nothing certain

THE SECOND TIME AROUND might be the charm. Sources with knowledge tell CF.C that while it is far from a done deal, there's a very real possibility former Washington State wide receiver Kyrin Priester might be poised to rejoin the Cougar football program in January.

Priester, a 6-1, 194-pounder from Snellville, Ga., caught 34 passes and worked as a return specialist for the Cougs in 2015 but was suspended from all team activities this past July. While he has remained in school at WSU since then, he has not been part of the football team. Details were not disclosed back in the summer, but CF.C learned at the time that Priester had been butting heads with WSU staff going back to 2015.

Efforts to reach Priester for comment on his possible return have been unsuccessful. WSU does not comment on personnel matters.

Priester transferred to WSU from Clemson, where he played one game on special teams in 2014 before being dismissed for what coach Dabo Swinney called “an attitude that is not acceptable to our standards.”

In terms of eligibility, Priester would appear to have 2-to-play-2 starting with the 2017 season. The NCAA granted him a waiver on his one-game season at Clemson, enabling him to play in '15 without having to sit out a year due to transfer. He therefore arrived at WSU with 4-to-play-4, making him a fourth-year junior in 2017.

Shortly after he left the program last summer, Priester according to police came to Shalom Luani's aid just before the 2016 season began. Priester told police that he was walking by when he saw Luani being pushed around by 6-7 men outside a Pullman pizza restaurant. Priester said he picked Luani off the ground and pushed several people off Luani. Priester also later told police that he saw Luani get shoved to the ground and that Luani also had his head shoved into a parked car.

After he helped break up the fracas, Priester called a member of the football staff. (Luani was arrested and missed the season opener, the Pullman police department later forwarded a recommended charge of second degree felony assault against Luani but the prosecutor declined to file charges).

RELATED: Priester no longer a Cougar

Ngalu Tapa (95) and Kyrin Priester sign autographs after the game (Bob Johnson/

Ngalu Tapa (95) and Kyrin Priester sign autographs for fans at the WSU 2016 spring game.

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